Peng Jiasheng’s Fall from Grace
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Peng Jiasheng’s Fall from Grace


By AUNG ZAW Tuesday, September 8, 2009


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Kokang leader Peng Jiasheng, who is now on the run from his former friends in the military regime, was one of the ethnic national leaders the Burmese government showcased in meetings with visiting foreign officials or UN officers.

But he is now a fugitive hiding from the military government that two weeks ago launched a search for illegal arms and drugs in his stronghold of Laogai. 

Kokang leader Peng Jiasheng poses for a photograph with Kokang children at a local festival on February 3. (Photo: www. kokang.net)

A state-run newspaper declared that Peng Jiasheng cannot escape from the “rule of law” and recommended that he surrender.

Now believed to be hiding in Wa territory, Peng Jiasheng and his group of associates and militia will not easily surrender to the regime.

A Kokang Chinese, he was born in 1931 in Hong Seu Htoo village in Kokang territory and served in the Kokang Revolutionary Force in 1960s. He was in touch with members of the Communist Party of Burma who were active along the China-Burma border.

Peng Jiasheng spent time in Beijing and upon his return, he entered Kokang territory in January 1968 as a commander of the Kokang People’s Liberation Army, a group that officially merged with the Burmese communists. He was first involved in the heroin and drug trade during the 1970s.

In 1989, Peng Jiasheng took a bold step and his group led a mutiny within the CPB and formed a Kokang armed group known as the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDDA). Three years later, Peng Jiasheng group was outmaneuvered by the Yang clan, Yang Molian and Yang Muxian, two Kokang Chinese brothers who supported the CPB. Yang Muxian was executed in Kunming in 1994 on drug trafficking charges. In later years, Peng Jiasheng and the Yang group joined forces.

In any case, by 1989 Peng Jiasheng and his brother Peng Jiafu had reunited with Asia’s renowned former drug trafficker Lo Hsing-han, who acted as a go-between for the regime to negotiate with CPB mutineers.

The drug lord, Lo Hsing-han, who is a Kokang-Chinese, was arrested in 1973 in Thailand and deported to Burma, where he received a death sentence in 1976. He was released during an amnesty in 1980.

Settled in Rangoon, Lo Hsing-han and his son Tun Myint Naing (aka Steven Law) set up Asia World Company—a company involved in the construction of homes and hotels, Rangoon port development and highway construction. Both father and son are now on the US sanction list.   

Since Peng Jiasheng reached a ceasefire deal with the regime, the Kokang Chinese leader was often seen meeting with senior military leaders and visiting UN officials.

In the international press, Peng Jiasheng, like Wa leaders, is described as one of Burma’s most prominent drug traffickers and is widely linked to Chinese criminal gangs. However, the regime has protected him and all other drug traffickers.

Over the years, this meant the illegal drug business boomed, and Peng Jiasheng, Peng Jiafu and Lo Hsing-han controlled a large amount of the illegal drug trade, enjoying their new status as government-recognized militia commanders.

The Burma expert, Bertil Lintner, who has written several books on Burmese drug trafficking and the ethnic insurgency, notes that under the blanket amnesty, Peng and other Wa and Kokang Chinese leaders were involved in laundering drug money into the local economy.

The Peace Myanmar Group, one of the companies on the US sanction list, is connected to the Yang clan in Kokang.

It is believed that Peng Jiasheng has invested money through many Kokang channels into businesses in Burma and China.

In April 2009, a report “Burma and Transactional Crime” by the US Congressional Research Service stated that the regime has reportedly allowed and encouraged traffickers to invest in an array of domestic businesses, including infrastructure and transportation enterprises, receiving start-up fees and taxes from these enterprises in the process.

The report said, “The traffickers usually deposit the earnings from these enterprises into banks controlled by the military, and military officers reportedly deposit much of their crime-related money in foreign bank accounts in places like Bangkok and Singapore.

“In 2003, the Secretary of the Treasury reported that some Burmese financial institutions were controlled by, or used to facilitate money laundering for, organized drug trafficking organizations.



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George Than Setkyar Heine Wrote:
09/09/2009
There you are. Drug runners like Peng Jiasheng and Boa You Xiang heading Kokang rebels and UWSA and demanding to recognize their rule in Wa State and Kokang territory still holding their hardware are simply unacceptable since day one as they are only China's proxies.

If Than Shwe goes for their skulps they will run into China wait and see. Than Shwe's job today is to cleanse Burma of all these unsavory characters first as head of the Burma Army responsible for the country's territorial integrity and national sovereignty under threat like today.

Running the country and working for the prosperity and posterity of the people rest in the hands of the people and their chosen leaders led by Daw Suu today.

Daw Suu holds the key for Burma's future as Than Shwe is responsible for the country's defense and stability.

Neither one can do without the other is the case in point at this juncture. It is right in place of fight is the answer at the end of the day, lest Than Shwe forgets.

KKK Wrote:
09/09/2009
To Peng Jiasheng:

You need to get revenge on Lo Hsing-han and families and his thugs. They are the ones who made you to become a fugitive.

To Ko Aung Zaw:

You should have included how much Peng Jiasheng had given commissions to the generals from his drug trading income.

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